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Simone Peterson

2016 Champions   |   Bradenton

Millennial. Creative. Catalyst. Dreamer. World Citizen. Meme Lover.

Recently graduated with her Master of Public Administration Degree and currently pursuing an MBA degree, Simone does what she loves – building partnerships, engaging with the local community, and completing print and design work for Manatee County Government.

In her role as Neighborhood Specialist with Manatee County Neighborhood Services Department, she acts as a liaison between community organizations/neighborhood associations and county government. She along with her division (Neighborhood Planning) helps connect the dots for neighborhoods and make government more accessible through technology, get-togethers, social media, and word of mouth.

Simone is one of the original design team members for Manatee County’s Manatee Millennial Movement (M3). M3 is a group of county employees charged with engaging and soliciting feedback from the underrepresented young professional demographic about important changes that are happening in the county. This group has also been recognized on a national level. Additionally, she also serves as the Editor-in-Chief for Neighborhood Connections, a magazine that goes out to over 4,000 residents. The publication was recently named as a finalist in the Neighborhoods USA Newsletter competition.

Favorite quote? “Teamwork makes the dream work.”


Florida city streets are notoriously dangerous for walking and biking. We want to reclaim the street as an active public space by getting Bradenton citizens out of their cars and into the streets to see how easy and fun it is to walk, bike, skate, skip, or run around our beautiful town. We will do this by closing the street to cars in Bradenton’s first-ever Cyclovia event. At our Cyclovia attendees will have fun while engaging with Open Streets and Complete Streets philosophies, learning about road safety, share ideas for multi-modal improvements, and think differently about mobility in the Friendly City.